African-American Worship

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A Morning Prayer of Thanksgiving

Loving God,
Creator of all that has been, all that is, and all that is to come;
You made us human and gave us hearts to love you and follow you.   

 

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Benediction for Black History Month

This benediction makes use of the dream imagery that was so much a part of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.  

 

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Let Us Speak of Mercy and Justice

We are indebted to the Rev. Brett Strobel for writing these calls to worship and for compiling relevant resources for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  

 

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Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This worship service was celebrated on January 17, 2007, at the Wightman Chapel of the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The Center for Worship Resourcing posts it here so that churches and communities who may want to adapt it for use in their settings will have the benefit of this powerful recollection of the voice of Dr. King.  

 

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21st Century Africana Liturgy Resources for the Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany, Year C

Before the light of dawn broke through my darkest night,
You knew me.
Before I wandered off to do my thing,
You knew me.
Before I tripped and fell from grace,
You knew me.

 

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“We Shall Overcome”

"We Shall Overcome" (The United Methodist Hymnal, 533) is the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement in the USA; but in a larger, global context, it is a freedom, liberation, and political protest song that has carried the hopes of many different people and many different causes. It is listed as an African American Spiritual in our hymnal, which is inaccurate; and there is no copyright citation other than the arrangement, which is also inaccurate. The spirituals were born out of the experience of slavery, many of them originating in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. "We Shall Overcome" is of much later origin. Here is its story. 

 

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